Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Gets Greenlight; Original Cast Returns For Summer Start

‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Gets Greenlight; Original Cast Returns For Summer Start

Focus Features announced Friday that a Downton Abbey movie is officially in the works with much of the principal cast set to return.

Numerous cast of the series had spoken of their willingness to return for a big-screen "Downton" and the producers said Friday the original principal cast from the drama are on board the movie. Creator Julian Fellowes was just working on the script, with producers trying to find a way to get the busy and sought-after cast together. The original cast members are coming back to reprise their roles, and Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes, who created the series, wrote the movie's screenplay. Plot details are being kept under wraps. It followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20 century in an Edwardian English country home. There was an announcement that the movie was supposed to start filming in September 2017, but it seems like this time, the show's producers mean it.

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Television's most beloved period drama will be returning to the big screen, with Deadline confirming a "Downton Abbey" movie has been given the green light. It starred Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech. The long-rumored movie has been greenlit and is heading into production. It won three Golden Globes and 15 Emmys on top of 69 total nominations over the years.

"Since the series ended, fans of Downton have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter", Focus chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement. Founded in 1978, Carnival's many shows include Poirot, Hotel Babylon, Whitechapel and Dracula, as well as award-winning mini-series such as Traffik, Any Human Heart, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and The Hollow Crown anthology.

The long-rumoured film adaptation is likely to be released sometime next year.

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